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The Friendly Beasts December 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor.

Santas come in all shapes, sizes and colors . . . tall ones, short ones, thin ones, fat ones, jolly ones . . . and even furry ones!

Here are a few of my four-legged Santas.

“I,” said the cow all white and red,
“I gave Him my manger for His bed.”

“I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.”
“I,” said the cow all white and red.

Want more craft and decorating ideas? 

Visit Jeanne’s Texas-Style Open House . . . or the 2011 Virtual Home Tour!



1. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 13, 2011

Good Tuesday morning Nancy! Your 4 leg Santas make me smile. The tall Santa Cat my favorite, of course 🙂 I had to do the shopping thing for family Christmas yesterday. All Day. I am not a shopper. Believe me, I had to think of several of your calming posts.

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

I hear ya, Pix! Shopping isn’t my bag either. 😉 Glad you survived to SMILE another day.

My sister gave us the Al E. Gator Santa before we moved to FL. Everytime I see it, I think, “We’re here.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

2. tinkerbelle86 - December 13, 2011

love the garfield!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Garfield is a cat with purr-sonality. 😀

3. LittleMissVix - December 13, 2011

Love the santa Garfield 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Garfield’s got ATTITUDE! 😉

4. suzicate - December 13, 2011

Now that is an adorable collection! I love them all! Bet Garfield is claiming to be the star of the group!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Definitely. He (like many/ most/ all) cats thinks he’s the STAR of the show. 😉

5. Jackie L. Robinson - December 13, 2011

Loving the Santas….just like us…all shapes and sizes, every one magical. xoxo

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Yes, Jackie! I agree.
Their vast and unique diversity
Enables us to clearly see

There is no “one right way” to be! 😀

6. Carl D'Agostino - December 13, 2011

I remember a Santa from when I was about 5. He had white bandage tape holding his mustache on and there was a hint of whiskey about him. That’s when the whole fraudulent adult world became apparent. Easter Bunny and that cheap(40 cents a tooth) Tooth Fairy were bunk too I soon decided. I still don’t trust adults.

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Maybe you should watch a few holiday specials with your grandkids, Carl . . . you’re sounding a bit GRINCH~Y! 😉

7. Tammy - December 13, 2011

Love the cow!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

He wishes you a Merry Christ~moos! 😛

8. Maggie - December 13, 2011

I like that tall kitty. 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

It’s hard to see in the photo . . . but the cat has a little mouse sitting next to his feet.

9. adeeyoyo - December 13, 2011

They are too sweet, Nancy!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Christmas Critters! 😀

10. ceceliafutch - December 13, 2011

What a delightful collection!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Thanks, Cecelia! Congrats on finishing out the semester in time to enjoy this festive time of year.

Happy Hanukkah!

11. Andra Watkins - December 13, 2011

I am really enjoying your collection, Nancy. It refreshes my Christmas spirit. 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

I am enjoying this Open House immensely, Andra.

Best of all . . . I don’t have to worry about whether there are any dust bunnies lurking about under the beds. 😛

12. Ruth - December 13, 2011

the robotic, the rakish, the innocent, and the guilty-as-sin-ish… oddly, I like the latter best (hehe) 😉

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

As Billy Joel noted, “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints . . . the sinners are much more FUN.” 😉

13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 13, 2011

The cow is my absolute favorite!

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

He’s udderly delighted with your comment, Greg! 😆

14. CMSmith - December 13, 2011

I don’t know about Garfield. He looks more like a mischievous little elf trying to pass himself off as Santa.

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

He looks like the cat who swallowed the . . . lasagna! 😀

15. Pocket Perspectives - December 13, 2011

Al E Gator…brought a smile to my face….terrific!…love it1

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Al E Gator is good friends with Hugh Manatee. 😀

16. Patricia - December 13, 2011

So cute–betcha can guess which is my favorite…

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

Yes. I can!


17. thirdhandart - December 14, 2011

Love your Santa collection! Your house must look really festive right now. Happy Holidays!

nrhatch - December 14, 2011

Thanks, Theresa. It looks quite Christmas-y . . . merry, bright, and festive!

18. bluebee - December 14, 2011

I would watch that cow, Nancy – solipsistic and subversive creatures 😉

nrhatch - December 14, 2011

Sneaky rabbits? 😀

19. Team Oyeniyi - December 15, 2011

These are so cute!!

nrhatch - December 15, 2011

Thanks, Robyn. We equate fat jolly creatures with red coats and hats as givers of glad tidings. Beard optional. 😀

20. Perfecting Motherhood - December 15, 2011

I love your cow but your cat is pretty cool too. Wait till you see today’s post, you won’t believe it. It will be up later today. It is by far my BEST cow spotting of the year, courtesy of Target.

nrhatch - December 15, 2011

Thought you might get a kick out of a cow santa. I’ll check out your post shortly.

21. l0ve0utl0ud - December 16, 2011

These are great! And I’m loving the books behind them 🙂

nrhatch - December 16, 2011

Mystical . . . Magical . . . Miracles! 😀

22. ElizOF - December 17, 2011

I love that cow… Santa as a small animal… what a great idea! The cow got me. 😉

nrhatch - December 17, 2011

Excellent! Have Moo~rry Christmas! 😀

23. pix & kardz - December 19, 2011

ah, now there’s memories stirred up for me. my parents immigrated from germany to canada a few years before i was born, so while i grew up rather bi-culturally, most of my early christmas memories revolve around the german traditions – including being able to open up gifts one day earlier than my friends (yay!) because for us the official holiday was the 24th. and the carols we sang were german as well. it wasn’t until i got to grade 1 that i learned ‘the friendly beasts’ and while i haven’t heard it recently, it is still remains among my favourite songs of the season. thanks for sharing.

nrhatch - December 19, 2011

It’s lovely how traditions bend and flow from region to region, and Germany has provided many of our traditions ~ including the Christmas tree, O Tannenbaum. 😀

A few friends opened family gifts on Christmas Eve. They also received a stocking filled with presents from Santa on December 25th . . . and then headed out to visit extended family.

24. clarbojahn - December 19, 2011

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


nrhatch - December 19, 2011

Thanks, Clar! Hope your holidays are Merry and Bright! 😀

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